Skaņu Mežs festival announces dates and clipping as headliner

Riga, Latvia’s Skaņu mežs festival for adventurous music will celebrate its 20th anniversary on September 23-24 at concert hall Hanzas Perons (16a Hanzas street). Tickets can be purchased at One-day tickets cost 20 EUR, whereas a two-day pass costs 30 EUR.

The critically acclaimed West Coast-based experimental hip-hop trio, clipping. consist of producers Jonathan Snipes and William Hutson, alongside multi-hyphenate MC, Daveed Diggs. Clipping initially rose to prominence with their debut album „Midcity” and follow up „CLPPNG”. In 2016, they released their opus „Splendor & Misery”, a science fiction concept album that garnered international critical acclaim, including a Hugo Award nomination for Best Dramatic Presentation. This was only the second time ever a music album was nominated, putting them up against the likes of „Game of Thrones” and „Black Mirror”. Their follow up, „The Deep”, garnered similar attention including another Hugo Award nomination as well as influencing a Simon & Schuster published novel of the same name. Most recently, the band diverted from their sci-fi storytelling and released a horror-based concept album, „There Existed an Addiction to Blood”. Line of Best Fit’s Jack Bray hailed it as “sonically intriguing” and “another successful experiment for the group and one of the eeriest examples of modern hip-hop to date.” This was followed up by their acclaimed ‘sequel’ album, „Visions of Bodies Being Burned”.

The Wire magazine named „There Existed an Addiction to Blood” among its „50 best recordings of 2021”, while, in 2020, „Visions of Bodies Being Burned” entered the top 50 year-end lists of both The Wire magazine and The Guardian.
In 2019, Pitchfork ranked „Splendor & Misery” as the 30th greatest industrial album of all time.
Other acts of the program will be revealed in the upcoming weeks.

Skaņu mežs is a member of the SHAPE+ platform for innovative music and audiovisual art as well as the project REMAIIN, co-supported by the „Creative Europe” programme of the European Union and the Latvian Ministry of Culture.

Skaņu mežs festival is supported by the State Cultural Capital Fund, French Institute in Latvia, the Ministry of Culture, Goethe-Institut Lettland, the Trust for Mutual Understanding Foundation, and the US Embassy. Sponsors of the festival are iRobot and Valmiermuiža, Radio NABA. Skaņu mežs is a member of the international network ICAS (International Cities of Advanced Sound).

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